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ImageJamaica’s Minister of Tourism Hon. Edmund Bartlett was surrounded by all things Jamaican during a visit to Macy’s Herald Square while in New York City to officially launch the Jamaica Tourist Board’s Winter Rescue 2010 campaign. The Tourism Minister visited the vibrant Usain Bolt PUMA display in the MacySport department and sported a Spyder Jamaica Ski Team Jacket, from the line of apparel also sold at Macy’s. The Jamaica Ski Team is gearing up for the 2010 Winter Olympics that begin February 12 in Vancouver, B.C.
ImageThe Jamaica Tourist Board’s Mid-Atlantic Business Development Manager Victoria Harper (right) assists a Washington, D.C. area resident as he gets into one of the city’s many taxicabs currently displaying a Jamaica topper. The destination is promoting its Winter Rescue offerings, including specially priced travel packages, throughout the month of January. It’ll soon be even easier for D.C. residents to enjoy a Winter Rescue in Jamaica when AirTran Airways launches nonstop service between Baltimore and Montego Bay on February 11. Currently the island’s national carrier Air Jamaica offers nonstop flights between Baltimore and Jamaica.

ImageDavid L. Shields, Jamaica’s Deputy Director of Tourism, Marketing (second from left) and Ainsley Henriques, Director of the United Congregation of Israelites, Kingston (left) indulge in conversation with Jane S. Gerber, Professor of Jewish History at The Graduate Center, CUNY and author of “The Jews of Spain” (second from right) and Miriam Bodian, Professor at the University of Texas and author of “Hebrews of the Portuguese Nation.”

The group gathered at the opening of the inaugural Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean Conference where Gerber collaborated with Henriques to co-chair the conference. Bodian served as a member of the panel discussing “The Formation of the Spanish and Portuguese Jewish Diaspora.” The Jewish Diaspora of the Caribbean Conference is being hosted at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel in Kingston from January 12-14, 2010. It will feature experts from the United States, Jamaica, France and Israel who will address topics exploring Caribbean Jewish identity and heritage.

ImageThe Jamaica Tourist Board’s New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania Business Development Manager Kenton Senior braves the plummeting temperatures to show off one of the Jamaican taxicabs currently driving throughout the city of Philadelphia. The destination is offering a Winter Rescue to Philadelphians who spot one of the Jamaican taxicabs throughout the month of January. They can log on to WISX-FM’s website to enter where and when the taxi was spotted, then enter the sweepstakes to win a trip to Jamaica courtesy of Air Jamaica and Riu Hotels & Resorts.